Definitely a five star read Besides reading historical western fiction novels, I LOVE,LOVE reading a very good regency novel.Ever since reading this author s first book, The Heiress of Winterwood , I ve been following her writing ever since.When I first started reading this novel, I was immediately drawn into its pages This novel had a nice ring of regency throughout the story.I can truly say that this novel is a very different twist from her former books which in itself is very refreshing Just knowing that her novels w Besides reading historical western fiction novels, I LOVE,LOVE reading a very good regency novel.Ever since reading this author s first book, The Heiress of Winterwood , I ve been following her writing ever since.When I first started reading this novel, I was immediately drawn into its pages This novel had a nice ring of regency throughout the story.I can truly say that this novel is a very different twist from her former books which in itself is very refreshing Just knowing that her novels will have a different twist to her writing every time that I read her novels makes me very excited.It was good to read about the two main characters which was most engaging The only downside is that there were some parts in the story that seemed to lag just a little bit to me.The book cover is so awesome It is also a big change because I noticed with her other book covers the heroine doesn t show her face There are times I do like seeing the heroine or hero s face on the book cover even though sometimes the illustration is far off from what is described in the novel.The Curiosity Keeper was a novel with a good combination of romance,mystery,and intrigue I can t wait to see what else this author has in store It is not just a ruby, as you say It is large as a quail s egg, still untouched and unpolished And it is rud to either bless or curse whomever possesses it Camille Iverness can take care of herself She s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop on Blinkett Street But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aidJonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall As a second son, he was content working as a village apothecary But when his brother s death made him heir just as his father s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession a ruby called the Bevoy can save the family from ruin But the gem has disappeared And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop and the beautiful shop girl who may or may not be the answer to his questionsCurious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside all in the pursuit of a blood red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possessCaught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness I m not sure why, but for some reason, I thought I wouldn t enjoy this one as much as I did However, I found this story to be engaging and John and Camille to be endearing characters My favorite part is how strongly Camille s love of the countryside shines throughout the story Ladd does as excellent job at showing the stark difference between the grit and gloom of where Camille lived in London and Kettering Hall s beautiful gardens and rolling hills of the country Camille herself is a study I m not sure why, but for some reason, I thought I wouldn t enjoy this one as much as I did However, I found this story to be engaging and John and Camille to be endearing characters My favorite part is how strongly Camille s love of the countryside shines throughout the story Ladd does as excellent job at showing the stark difference between the grit and gloom of where Camille lived in London and Kettering Hall s beautiful gardens and rolling hills of the country Camille herself is a study of being a woman with no options yet the assumption about her is that she chose life as a shopkeeper Of course, she had no say, and her early life living in the country with her grandfather still calls to her heart.The romance develops at a realistic pace, which is much appreciated by this reader I also liked how there are several secondary characters that add to the story One of them is a part of the twist toward the end of the story, and I honestly was not expecting that Miss Gilchrist, our hero s sister, nearly drove me crazy but I hope she finds happiness, too, I suppose The ending is very romantic and lovely Camille has finally found her true home, and I could easily picture her there I m glad I have books two and three already definitely looking forward to them As soon as I started this book, I knew I d made a new friend I settled into the story with a contented sigh and watched the pages fly by way too quickly I always enjoy Regency books, but this one I won t easily forget Needless to say, I ve discovered a new favorite author.There were so many strengths to it, honestly, I don t know where to begin The various settings and landscapes, of course, were very colorful They came alive in every scene, almost as if they were supporting characters to t As soon as I started this book, I knew I d made a new friend I settled into the story with a contented sigh and watched the pages fly by way too quickly I always enjoy Regency books, but this one I won t easily forget Needless to say, I ve discovered a new favorite author.There were so many strengths to it, honestly, I don t know where to begin The various settings and landscapes, of course, were very colorful They came alive in every scene, almost as if they were supporting characters to the story themselves The plot was so intriguing with well written hints of suspense and mystery surrounding the missing gem The story just kept building and surprising me along the way.Camille was strong and independent, but she has a soft heart in need of safe keeping And that s where Jonathan comes in, quite perfectly I might add He is one hero readers will not soon forget I know I won t His kind character complimented Camille s in so many ways Their relationship is genuine and develops through many sweet moments and conversations I couldn t help but think of Pride Prejudice, especially of Mr Darcy, and Jane Eyre while reading through this book Yet, it was still unique It had its own story to tell.If you haven t read any books by Sarah E Ladd before, I highly recommend them You don t know what you re missing The Curiosity Keeper is definitely a keeper for my bookshelf Thank you to Thomas Nelson and the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review I enjoy taking a break from my busy life and diving into a time period very unlike my own This is one of the things about regency era fiction that I find so enjoyable The story and situations are a bit slower paced, and the behavior expectations for both men and especially toward women are very high Throw in some mystery or suspense and I m a happy reader.That is the case in The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E Ladd I really enjoyed this trip back in time The book is filled with interesting cha I enjoy taking a break from my busy life and diving into a time period very unlike my own This is one of the things about regency era fiction that I find so enjoyable The story and situations are a bit slower paced, and the behavior expectations for both men and especially toward women are very high Throw in some mystery or suspense and I m a happy reader.That is the case in The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E Ladd I really enjoyed this trip back in time The book is filled with interesting characters, from the main characters Jonathan Gilchrist and Camille Iverness, to the many side characters that who made me cringe, doubt, or a combination of both.The romance is subtle as is the suspense The danger to Camille Iverness is clear and shows up early in the story It is interesting that a couple of the key players behind the mystery of the missing gem become known to the reader immediately, yet the author kept me guessing about a few of the others I did have a pretty good idea as to who was behind it all, but watching Jonathan and Camille discover all of the players and the reasons behind the mystery of the missing ruby was highly entertaining.If you are a fan of regency, I d recommend The Curiosity Keeper And if you are a fan of suspense, the curious happenings in this story will enhance your enjoyment of this tale from a time gone by.You can read this review on the Suspense Sisters reviewer page I have been collecting a long time, and I have seen things, I tell you inexplicable events tied to various artifacts There are mysteries in this world that cannot be easily explained One may not be able to explain them, but that does not mean they are not realI have a peculiar relationship with Christian fiction On the one hand, I can t resist their covers Call me crazy, but I often find that Christian fiction books almost always have the most beautiful covers The dresses and the fI have been collecting a long time, and I have seen things, I tell you inexplicable events tied to various artifacts There are mysteries in this world that cannot be easily explained One may not be able to explain them, but that does not mean they are not realI have a peculiar relationship with Christian fiction On the one hand, I can t resist their covers Call me crazy, but I often find that Christian fiction books almost always have the most beautiful covers The dresses and the fonts and the curly hair It s a girly girls dream.But on the other hand, I m extremely wary of Christian fiction because it often comes off as really preachy While I am a Christian myself, I m not a Bible thumper Andoften than not, when I dip my toes into the Christian fiction waters, I find myself figuratively getting banged on the head with scriptures and religious messages in about every line of dialogue That may be fine for some, but it s too much for me.Thankfully, one of the great things about this book is the fact that while it s marketed as Christian fiction, the messages of Christianity are very, VERY light and Y ALL DON T KNOW HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES MY LITTLE HEART.Camilla Iverness and her father own a curiosity shop the very fancy term for antique shop in regency England It s just been the two of them since her mother abandoned them, and they ve got along fine That is, until someone breaks into the shop It s obvious the culprits looking for something valuable, but what that could be she has no idea Jonathan Gilchrist is the second son to an extremely wealthy family the heir to his brother s spare , but he wants nothing to do with the wealth and pompThe harder he tried to separate himself from Kettering Hall, the tighter the cord connecting him to his birthplace coiledNo sir He wants to be an apothecary and live a quiet, peaceful country existence But he may have to put that dream on hold, because a precious family jewel has gone missing And that jewel is all that comes between the Gilchrest fortune and total bankruptcyIf he failed, Kettering Hall and his family s entire fortune might be lost forever.If he succeeded, he would surely be plunged deeper into his father s mysterious involvement.And he couldn t tell which he dreaded mostAll signs point to Camille s shop, but she can t imagine why Forced to solve the mystery neither one wants to be a part of, Camille and Jonathan must untangle their families web of secrets while trying not to fall for each other.I ll say once again that this book is a very gentle Christian historical romance It takes you to the land of extremely green hills and quaint country estates with ponds of ducklings in the backyard with a wet shirted Mr Darcy coming out.Now that I have lovely image in your head Everything about this novel radiated sweetness The mystery was there, the romance was abundant, and for mild Christians like me, the religious aspects were very mild Jonathan Gilchrest was the perfect Regency gentleman A little too perfect for my tastes, but hey it s fiction If the perfect man realistically doesn t exist, can t we at least have perfect fictional men Camille was a good heroine to read about feisty but not annoying, compassionate, spunky, persistent, and brave She doesn t wait for the mystery to be solved she goes out and solves it herself And while she loves her family, she s not their doormat and recognizes when she s being usedHer life had been threatened Her father had left her alone again to pursue one of his clandestine business arrangements He d invited a murderous stranger to their door and not bothered to meet the man there Why should she risk her life to stay and guard his treasuresIn an era where women had little option but to be used or become a doormat, Camille is decidedly not That is, until the very end of the book, when she says this gem of a quote because c mon you really didn t think Camille and Jonathan weren t NOT going to end up together, rightShe smiled I have always wanted to be an apothecary s wife Nothing could make mecompleteUm you never actually said anything about being an apothecary s wife Or anybody s wife, for that matter.Well, this is awkward A gentle read for the most gentle of romance readers And for those wary of Christian fiction because of its potential brow beating it s very mild and understated Just the way I like it Okay, so blame this analogy on the fact that this month I m deprived of all my sports, so I m left with baseball I ve enjoyed all of the previous books I ve read of Sarah E Ladd, but I have to say The Curiosity Keeper, knocked it out of the park I absolutely loved it What a book to kick off her latest series I enjoyed this book from the first page until the last I didn t want it to end and this will be one I re read in the future and makes the Favorites of 2015 list She continues to beco Okay, so blame this analogy on the fact that this month I m deprived of all my sports, so I m left with baseball I ve enjoyed all of the previous books I ve read of Sarah E Ladd, but I have to say The Curiosity Keeper, knocked it out of the park I absolutely loved it What a book to kick off her latest series I enjoyed this book from the first page until the last I didn t want it to end and this will be one I re read in the future and makes the Favorites of 2015 list She continues to become a solid and trusted voice in the Regency genre Don t you just love experiencing this kind of book One of the reasons this book was so fabulous is how you felt reading this book I felt the pain of rejection some characters felt Instead of unconditional love, it was rejection She just didn t tell you how they felt, you felt it too You re engaged from beginning to end.This book is a perfect blend of London and countryside, mystery and suspense, friendship and love and sacrifice, intrigue and betrayal Truly her best book yet.Have you had a chance to read any of Sarah s books Do you have a favorite Thank you to Litfuse and Thomas Nelson for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review Originally posted at Enjoyable That is the best way to describe The Curiosity Keeper Reading this novel gave me the feeling of curing up on the couch with quilt on my lap, fire going in the fireplace and a novel keeping me engaged I simply felt GOOD while reading this novel.The combination of Regency and Mystery were a home run Details of the era were beautifully woven into the novel The mystery was believable and although I figured out pieces of it, there was one character involved that I didn t expect.I adore Enjoyable That is the best way to describe The Curiosity Keeper Reading this novel gave me the feeling of curing up on the couch with quilt on my lap, fire going in the fireplace and a novel keeping me engaged I simply felt GOOD while reading this novel.The combination of Regency and Mystery were a home run Details of the era were beautifully woven into the novel The mystery was believable and although I figured out pieces of it, there was one character involved that I didn t expect.I adored Camille and Jonathan and found their lives and interests to be incredibly realistic The only short coming with their relationship is that there could have been just a bitdetail about them falling in love The transition from caring for each other to loving each other was a bit abrupt.Overall, reading this Regency Mystery was a pleasure I look forward to the second book of the series.Thank you to author for a complimentary copy of the novel .This is the 1st book in the A Treasures of Surrey series It is able to stand on it s own, which is a major plus for me when reading a series The plot, twists, and growth of characters depended on mystery, romance, and their faith keeping readers interested until the very end All things work together for good This tale is a positive demonstration that having faith produces positive results.This was not my favorite type of characters and location, probably due to the content being s.This is the 1st book in the A Treasures of Surrey series It is able to stand on it s own, which is a major plus for me when reading a series The plot, twists, and growth of characters depended on mystery, romance, and their faith keeping readers interested until the very end All things work together for good This tale is a positive demonstration that having faith produces positive results.This was not my favorite type of characters and location, probably due to the content being so much on the unsavory side In spite of the difficulty in relating to the content, it is still a worthy read